Simple Non-Toxic Body Butter

I've had super dry skin for as long as I can remember. This meant that I used to always seek out the thickest creamiest body cream that I could find, and for years that was heavy-duty Nivea body lotion or other supermarket brands. Until one day when I heard about...

Claudia Roden’s Orange and Almond Cake

I first came across this recipe in my library copy of Niki Segnit’s The Flavor Thesaurus. As ambitious as the title suggests, the book attempts to categorize the whole panoply of flavors under the sun and suggests natural (if sometimes counter-intuitive) pairings....

Black Rice and Lentil Salad

I almost don't want to say this lest I jinx it with the weather gods but... spring has finally sprung around these parts. And this means only one thing to all self-respecting Parisians: it's time to get your picnic on! This is the time of year when people come out in...

Potato and Sausage Hash

After having been away for a few weekends and working full-time in between, I was really excited to finally get some time at home last weekend. Now don't get me wrong; I of course love traveling but I also find it unsettling not being able to spend any time in the...

3-ingredient Homemade Cough Syrup

March 21st may have come and gone and it may now officially be spring in the Northern Hemisphere but you wouldn't know that with the nasty drizzle we've got this week. So hearing a little someone cough early in the morning is still a semi-regular occurrence and while...

How to make milk kefir (and why you should!)

While milk kefir is a traditional Turkish drink with its roots in the Caucasus Mountains, I had never heard about it growing up -- which is quite remarkable if you think about it. As my interest in making my own cultured foods grew, I knew that cultured dairy was a...

Where we do our food shopping

I say it's about time to get practical! I periodically get asked where and how we do our groceries so figured it was time to put it all in one place. This list is by no means exhaustive but should provide a good guide to what we do in our family. Note that we live in...

Pear Butter Gelatin Sticks

If you've ever had a toddler, you know what a struggle it can be to get them to eat what you prepare. Even if your cute little baby used to polish off everything in sight with great gusto, sometime after the 18 to 24-month mark, a little devil seems to take residence...

Veal Stew with Chorizo, Fingerling Potatoes and Peas

This was one of those "hmm what do I have in the fridge today?" kind of recipes. I had some veal stew meat that I wanted to make but felt like trying something else besides my usual curry-based stew. So I turned to this recipe from a French blog that let me go for a...

Who was Weston Price and why should you care? (Part 2)

What if our nutrition during pregnancy, or heck even before conception, had lifelong consequences for the health of our children? Let me rephrase that in case you have missed the enormity of the statement: what if what the parents ate and how they lived even before...

Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Coming from a country with such an impressive cuisine as Turkey, you wouldn't think that my gastronomical curiosity was only awakened when I moved to the US for college. Oh but it's true. And my most vivid culinary experience from those early fresh-off-the-boat years...

Who was Weston Price and why should you care?

(This is the first of two articles.) If you're wondering how the teachings of a little-known early-20th-century dentist can possibly be relevant for the lifelong health of your (future) baby, or what really constitutes "super foods", then read on! There's a good...